PREPARE EARLY: The Port regularly sees plenty of big things coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. From time to time, however, they’re not impressive cargo ships — they’re dangerous, destructive storms. Hurricane season is under way. The Port offers tips from FEMA on how households can prepare now for possible storms later.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
You can build your supplies over time by adding a few items each week or month. Gather in advance the necessary supplies and items you will need to stay safe after the hurricane passes and as you start to recover. Stock food
items that do not need refrigeration and will last. Regularly replace items like water, food, medications, and batteries that go bad over time.
For a complete list of emergency supplies, visit ready.gov/prepare and then check them off your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist once you add them to your emergency kit.
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION
Make sure you have everything you’ll need to get in touch with your family either through cell phones or email.
MEDICAL NEEDS
Be equipped to tend to any current or unexpected medical conditions your family may have.
CRITICAL DOCUMENTS
Place any important documents in a waterproof container to help keep them dry and easily accessible.
TOOLS AND SAFETY ITEMS
Small items like matches, flashlights, a multi-purpose tool, and a whistle can make a huge difference for your family while weathering the storm.
FOOD/SUPPLIES
Have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your family. Remember to pack anything
specific to your family’s needs.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION
Practicing good hygiene can stop the spread of bacteria and infectious disease.
PROTECTIVE GEAR
Protect yourself by packing masks, clothes and blankets. Don’t forget protective footwear and gloves too.
COMFORT & PRICELESS ITEMS
You may be away from your home for an extended period and your property may be damaged. Grab any items that are irreplaceable or may provide comfort to your family, especially your children.
Ask yourself, “What would I need for myself and my family if a hurricane struck?” Add any of these specific items to your preparedness checklist.